M151A2 Jeep and M2 Browning Machine Gun Replicas
The M151 Utility Truck “Jeep” produced from 1959-1982 had a longer run of service than the previous Korean War period M38 Light Utility Vehicles and the WWII Willys MBs combined. Some M151A2s were still in service as late as 19999.
This jeep was gifted to the museum by LTC Hunt Downer in 1983. After serious damaged from the Hurricane Katrina flooding it had been re-painted and was on display in the courtyard of the new museum from 2012-2015 when a new project was undertaken to repair major rust damage and restore the M2 Machine Gun mounted in the back. The engine was removed, cleaned, re-painted and re-installed. Major holes in the side and floor panels patched and repaired and the whole vehicle given a new coat of paint. The replica M2 Browning Machine Gun mounted in the rear was re-built – new part fabricated from scratch and a new coat of paint applied.